Leveraging Consultants for Your Nonprofit

Are you leveraging consultants for your nonprofit? Maybe you’re debating on bringing on a consultant but aren’t sure where to start. Or maybe you’re not even sure if bringing on a consultant is the right move for your organization. If you’re in consultant limbo, then this episode is for you!

In today’s episode, I share my experiences hiring consultants for organizations as well as being a consultant for organizations. I dive into some of the legal nuances of consultant vs. employee and some of the common areas where nonprofits use consultants. I also break down the benefits and downsides of working with consultants, so you can determine if using a consultant is the right fit for your organization.

This episode also covers strategies for selecting the right consultant for your nonprofit and how to set them up for success. Plus, I share how to ensure you’re leveraging consultants in the most strategic way possible with a deep dive into the process of working with a consultant so that you can have an idea of what to expect when bringing one on for your organization. 


Read the podcast transcript here.


Episode Summary

In this episode, you’ll learn strategies for leveraging consultants in your nonprofit, including:

•Legal nuances of categorizing someone as a consultant contractor vs. employee (2:00)

•Common areas where nonprofits use consultants (3:10)

•Benefits of working with a consultant (5:20)

•Downsides of working with a consultant (8:05)

•Selecting the right consultant (11:40)

•Setting your consultants up for success (14:10)

•The process of working with a consultant (17:15)



“A consultant is often able to pop in and pop out as you need them. Instead of being tied to a particular salary for an indefinite period of time, you can hire a consultant or contractor as you need them. You’re really getting more bang for your buck.”

“Make sure that you are able to set the consultants up for success and have really strong communication. Don’t hire them and then expect them to jump in and do everything.”

“What you don’t want is to hire a consultant for a period of time or for a project and then inadvertently neglect to tell them about a big deadline you have coming up. And then, it’s a disorganized chaotic process.”



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